Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, corrects irregularities of the jaw bones and realigns the jaws and teeth to improve the way they work. Making these corrections may also improve your facial appearance. Jaw surgery may be a corrective option if you have jaw problems that can’t be resolved with orthodontics alone. Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems, orthognathic surgery can be a life-changing procedure.
- If you have a bite discrepancy, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and/or open bite.
- If you have facial imbalances such as asymmetry, upper and/or lower jaw under-development, lower jaw excess, or chin deficiencies.
- If you want relief from obstructive sleep apnea.
- If biting and chewing is difficult and painful.
- If you have problems with swallowing or speech.
- If you want to improve the ability of the lips to fully close comfortably.
- If you want to relieve pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and other jaw problems.
- If you have facial injury or birth defects.
- Patients experience less difficulty chewing food.
- Patients experience less wear on the teeth.
- Dental structures are preserved.
- You have a bite discrepancy.
- You are looking to improve facial disproportion.
- You have spent years in orthodontics in an attempt to correct a skeletal problem.
- You are healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
- You are a non-smoker.
The results of jaw surgery will be long-lasting. The results of jaw surgery are usually apparent immediately but will reveal themselves fully as swelling and bruising subside over a period of a month or two. However, it may take a few months before final healing is completed. While jaw surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally.